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Fulbright Senior Scholar award, 2011–2012, Indonesia: Visiting professor at Padjadjaran University, Bandung/Jatinangor, in the Faculty of Communication Science (FIKOM), Journalism Department. Arrival date: Sept. 27, 2011.

September 2011

Keynote address, New Media and Human Civilization (one-day international conference): “New forms of journalism: Digital, mobile, visual,” Sept. 28, 2011, Faculty of Communication Science, Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor, West Java, Indonesia.

October 2011

Lecture for undergraduate students in Contemporary Journalism: “Journalism and the Public Sphere.” Contact: Pandan Yudhapramesti, course instructor. (FIKOM, Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor — Oct. 13)

Lecture for undergraduate students in Contemporary Journalism: “Frames of Conflict” (this lecture encompassed framing theory, peace journalism, agenda setting theory, and Edward Said). Contact: Herlina Agustin, course instructor. (FIKOM, Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor — Oct. 27)

Multimedia Reporting Workshop (October–December 2011): This extracurricular workshop included students from the third and fourth year of the undergraduate journalism program. We met weekly, and I gave hands-on instruction in audio gathering and editing, photojournalism techniques, audio slideshows, video shooting with small cameras, and Flash animation. Contacts: Dandi Supriadi and Adi Wibowo, lecturers, FIKOM. (Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor)

November 2011

Nov. 7: Finally moved into my apartment on Jalan Dago/Jalan Juanda, Bandung Kota, after living in a hotel for six weeks. Wherever you stay when you first arrive, make sure it’s nice, because you might get stuck there for a long time. Note: It’s not always easy to find housing; each so-called real estate agent will show you only a few places, and they won’t have any others. Also, the rent for a foreigner will be jacked up from any prices you might see online, and various additional charges will be tacked on for you.

Lecture for undergraduate students in Contemporary Journalism: “Foreign Views of Indonesia” (this lecture centered on reporting about Indonesia that has appeared in media in other countries). Contact: Herlina Agustin, course instructor. (FIKOM, Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor — Nov. 10)

Workshop for undergraduate students in Photojournalism: “Producing an audio slideshow with Soundslides software.” This was a workshop conducted twice weekly for two different sections of the same course (about 80 students). A computer lab was used. Contact: Sandi Putrajaya, course assistant. (FIKOM, Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor — Nov. 23)

Visit to Galamedia newspaper, meeting with the editor. Bandung, Nov. 24.

December 2011

Travel: Ubud and Lovina, Bali (see blog post, with photos — Bali: Return to Ubud, Then North to Lovina).

January 2012

Travel: Yogyakarta and Borobudur. Blogs posts, with photos:

February 2012

Meetings with the Journalism Department faculty about their curriculum revision.

Course: New Media Development (Perkembangan Media Baru), Feb. 22, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 (six class meetings, x2 sections, about 70 students). My lectures and hands-on instruction included social media for journalists, crowdsourcing, storytelling, YouTube and online video, critiques of audio slideshows by the students, presentation of examples, Flash animation instruction in the computer lab. Contacts: Dandi Supriadi and Adi Wibowo, lecturers, FIKOM. (Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor)

March 2012

March 2 and 7: Two one-hour presentations with Q&A for faculty members, arranged by the dean of the faculty, Dr. Deddy Mulyana; Padjadjaran University (Jatinangor, West Java), Faculty of Communication Science. March 2: “How to prepare a one-page abstract for conference submission.” March 7: “How to write a scholarly article.”

Lecture for undergraduate students in Introduction to Journalism: “Scope of the Journalism Field” (this two-hour lecture covered the work of Pierre Bourdieu, the mission of journalism, and the tasks that journalists perform in their jobs). Contact: Dandi Supriadi, course instructor. (FIKOM, Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor — March 5, 6 and 8, three combined class meetings, about 400 students in total)

Fulbright 4th Mid-Year Enrichment Conference for U.S. Scholars and Students in Southeast Asia, Hanoi, Vietnam, March 14–17, 2012. Arranged by Fulbright and the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam.

  • Research panel moderator, Fulbright 4th Mid-Year Enrichment Conference for U.S. Scholars and Students in Southeast Asia. Papers: (a) Losing Ground: Social Justice Implications of Bamboo Production as a Climate Change Strategy in the Philippines, Vanessa Jeanine Fixmer-Oraiz; (b) Envisioning an Ecomuseum on Palawan Island, Philippines, Lace Elizabeth Thornberg; (c) Housing Initiatives of Non-Government Organizations in Metropolitan Manila, Jennifer Buison.

Channel NewsAsia, Singapore, March 19. Workshop with Channel NewsAsia journalists: Two separate workshop sessions about journalists and their use of social media, plus a lunch with several top editors and executives. The first workshop was attended by about 80 people; the second workshop by about 25 (including many from the first group). Arranged by Rachel Ehrendreich, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy in Singapore.

MediaCorp, Singapore, March 20. Two-hour presentation with Q&A for editors from TV, radio and newspaper staffs, about journalists and their use of social media (special emphasis on ethics). Arranged by Rachel Ehrendreich, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy in Singapore.

Asia Journalism Fellows, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March 21 and 22. Two full-day workshops with hands-on training sessions in a computer lab, the first day on social media for journalists, the second day on data-driven journalism. Arranged by Cherian George, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, and Director, Asia Journalism Fellowship.

Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore, March 20. “Challenges of Social Media and Online Journalism.” Two-hour presentation with Q&A for journalists and editors from The Straits Times, an English-language daily newspaper. Arranged by Rachel Ehrendreich, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy in Singapore.

Guest lecture in COM245 Online Journalism, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March 23. Contact: Joanne Teoh, course instructor.

Also in Singapore, I had several very informative conversations with several lecturers and Ben Detenber, head of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. They have really nice facilities for media production, and they’re building a new convergence newsroom.

April 2012

Meetings with the Journalism Department faculty about their curriculum revision.

Wrote the Foreword (pp. vii-ix) for a new book, Cultures and Communication: An Indonesian Scholar’s Perspective. Author: Dr. Deddy Mulyana, dean, FIKOM, Padjadjaran University. (Bandung, Indonesia: PT Remaja Rosdakarya, 2012.) Earlier I had read the entire book in page proofs (412 pages) at Pak Deddy’s request and offered a little bit of advice. This is Pak Deddy’s first book in English.

Lecture for undergraduate students in Introduction to Journalism: “Ethics and Press Freedom” (this two-hour lecture covered the ethics codes of various journalism organizations and associations and ideas about press freedom, including the Freedom House reports and map). Contact: Dandi Supriadi, course instructor. (FIKOM, Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor — April 30, May 1 and May 25, three combined class meetings, about 400 students in total)

May 2012

Lecture/discussion in Ph.D. students’ seminar course, Media Studies. Topic: “The ideas of Pierre Bourdieu.” Padjadjaran University, Bandung campus. Contact: Dr. Eni Maryani, course instructor.

Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting for departing Fulbrighters from Indonesia, Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia, May 13–16, 2012.

  • Facilitator, small group discussions with Indonesian grantees. Topic: “U.S. Education: Culture, Transition, Lifestyle, Opportunity, Challenges.” Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting for departing Fulbrighters from Indonesia.
  • Panelist, session for Indonesian Grantees (graduate students and Humphrey Fellows): “Graduate Study in the U.S.” Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting for departing Fulbrighters from Indonesia.
  • Research presentation: “Online and multimedia journalism for Indonesia.” Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting for departing Fulbrighters from Indonesia.

FISIP, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, May 9. Public lecture, “Twitter, Ethics, and ‘Cyber Media': Professional Standards in Journalism.” Two hours plus Q&A. About 200 attendees, including students, faculty and journalists. Arranged by Lukas Ispandriarno, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Science (FISIP).

Kedaulatan Rakyat (daily newspaper), Yogyakarta,Indonesia, May 10, 2012. “Professional Standards in Journalism: Twitter and Social Media.” Presentation and discussion with about 50 journalists. Arranged by Munarsih Sahana, journalist, ProDua Jogja RRI (Radio Republik Indonesia), who also served as my translator.

Lecture for undergraduate students in Comparative Press Systems: “Global Journalism” (this two-hour lecture covered the work of Dr. Peter Berglez, the studies of global journalists by Dr. David Weaver, international news reporting, and the CNN effect). Contact: Luthfi Adam, course instructor. (FIKOM, Padjadjaran University, Jatinangor — May 28)

Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN / State Islamic University), Sunan Gunung Djati, Bandung, Indonesia, May 29. Presentation: “Roles of Journalism in the Modern Era.” Two-hour presentation plus Q&A. Arranged by Fakultas Dakwah dan Komunikasi (Faculty of Islamic Propagation and Communication).

June 2012

To come.

July 2012

To come.

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